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          Real Estate

          DWF operate one of the most innovative real estate sector groups of any legal business, seamlessly integrating our deep legal expertise with the latest in our market leading proprietary technology. This approach enables our clients to have the most complete and bespoke solution crafted for their needs, whether it be high complex work or a managed service approach.


          The Real Estate sector is dynamic and constantly evolving, reacting to political events and ever-increasing layers of regulation and tax as well as being interwoven with the global economy and fluctuations in currency markets.

          This leads to unique challenges and opportunities. 

          We are one of the biggest Real Estate teams in the UK, seamlessly interacting with colleagues across the business in complementary disciplines such as real estate finance, banking, corporate, construction and tax. We pride ourselves on becoming part of your team, taking time to understand your business and helping to give you the commercial edge. Our Real Estate team comprises over 200 lawyers, providing technically excellent, cost-effective and commercial legal advice.

          We are located in all the major cities in the UK and operate under English and Scottish law.  Ranked first of all top 20 law firms for quality of our legal advice, we maximise our national footprint to deliver tailored solutions for clients, regardless of their location. Our breadth allows us to provide bespoke solutions and advise clients across an expanding number of asset classes within the sector.

          Internationally we have a continually growing capabilities across; Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Middle East.

          Our clients include investors, fund and property managers, owners, occupiers, developers, lenders and public sector organisations, as well as banks, insurance companies, pension and sovereign wealth funds.

          Innovation is part of our DNA - by thinking differently, we deliver innovative legal solutions and products to deliver your deal, minimise risk and enable you to achieve a competitive advantage.


          Why DWF

          "I can’t praise DWF’s Real Estate and Construction team highly enough. The professional service, knowledge and advice received on this project was second to none."
          – Leading UK Housing Association, 2019
          "10/10 satisfaction rating for services delivered by DWF"
          – Managing Director at a leading international real estate fund
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          Meet our team

          Toby Askin

          • Partner // Head of Real Estate Group

          Melanie Williams

          • Partner // Head of Real Estate Sector // Head of Hospitality Group

          Oliver Bolthausen, LLM (USA), FCIArb (UK)

          • Partner // Executive Partner (Munich) // Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes

          Mark Hickey

          • Chairman (Asia Pacific)

          James Fox

          • Partner // Head of Dispute Resolution (Middle East)

          Michael Neary

          • Partner // Head of Real Estate (Dublin)

          Julie Galbraith

          • Partner // Northern Ireland Head of Real Estate and Retail, Food, and Hospitality

          Katarzyna Dębińska-Pietrzyk

          • Local Partner // Co-Head of Real Estate

          Małgorzata Lesiak-Ćwikowska

          • Counsel // Co-Head of Real Estate
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